Monday, April 18, 2011

For my mum

A Monday post for me!
(I actually have 3 OMG!)
I never post on Mondays so this is out of the blue for me but I have had a really crafty weekend - had a lot to think about and needed to get it out of my system and actually got more projects completed and crossed off my list than I thought was even possible!

First on my list was my mothers Mother's Day card (for the record in Aus it is the 2nd Sunday in May) so its 3 weeks away for me!  I got the card knocked over but am still brewing and stumped on the gift!

My notepad has jottings, ideas and sentiments everywhere in it for this card - This year, this day is a big thing in our family and even more so for my mum. She is currently going through a divorce and its messy.  It's my mums 1st marriage and they were together for 25 years, she built her life around him, did as she was told, never argued or questioned him, she just did it.  And the separation was out of the blue and I mean really out of the blue.  The weekend before we had all only been discussing Christmas camping plans and then WOW he just came home one day and said I'm leaving you.  

It is funny how a child can grow and be so different from their parent and their ways.  I often look at my mum and her life and look at mine.  I can honestly say if any man (or even child) was to wake me up at 3 in the morning and tell me I had not ironed their shirt for work and expect me to get up and do it would most defiantly be met with me picking the iron up and knocking them over the head with it!  My mother on the other hand, would, and has done several times, gotten out of bed and ironed the shirt!

She was a mess that November day he told her, and as a daughter does, I have stood beside her, held her hand, wiped her tears, organized solicitors, new bank accounts, wills and more, and I picked up the pieces of her life and have started gluing them back together.  Sadly, some things I will never be able to glue back into place :(  

As all people do, she has her good days and her bad days, but I know my mother is not weak and I know she has so much to offer this world - I just need her to believe it, and her to see it too.  I know she will in time, and that it won't just happen over night, but I made this card especially for her in hopes to get her started on her way.

A weekend of parting with my hoarded stash this has been for me- A realization that yes! Really and honestly ... Life is short!  The pink jeweled flower embellishment and the charm on this card is a metal necklace I picked up over 10 years ago in Sydney and over time it became dress up jewelery for Chloe, then she broke it, and it ventured its way back into my stash for over a year now.  It has always been too pretty to use, until today, I after all, have to use it at some point so why not now!  

The image was a freebie from Karen's Whimsy, the sentiment on the front is computer generated, the sentiment on in the inside (God has) is from Gingers House  - she has so many gorgeous free sentiments - Check her out please, she is well worth the visit! The Mother's Day digital stamp mixed in with my wording came from Paula and this particular one can be found HERE - she also has some adorable freebies too!

Long post too! So sorry - I promise I will zip it up now and go back to crafting :))
Right after I show you my fav pic of my mum - taken on my wedding day, and she has her gorgeous adorable mini princess Chloe - the two are 2 peas in a pod - specially when it comes to shopping and shoes!  There really is no hope for me!

Thank you for dropping in to see me!
Challenges this creation is entering with the help of the Feline Playful Girls:
Quirky Crafts - #8 Sprakly, punchy, Easter and or Spring (2/2w) (1/-)
Alota Rubber Stamps - #57 Mothers Day (1/-)
MyGrafico - April Anything goes ( /-)
Sliekjes - #4 Spring 
A Gem Of A Challenge - #19 Pearls and or swirls (1/2w) (1/-)
Secret Crafter - #130 Stitching real or faux (1/-)
Crafty Ann's - #38 Raise a smile (3/-) ***EDIT** Made top 3
Delicious Doodles - #21 Stitching (1/3)
Totally Paper Crafts - Springtime (1/-)
Aud Sentiments - #26 Anything Goes ( 4/-)
Paper Crafting Journey - #8 Use a freebie (1/1) *** EDIT*** Made top 3
Pixie Dust Studio - #70 Say it out load, include a sentiment (3/-)
Rainbow Lady's - Springtime (1/2)
Crafts and Me - #30 Ribbon (4/-)
Creative Card Crew - Spring (1/-)
Truly Scrumptious - #55 Vintage (2/-)

25 Treasured comments:

Ann Whitfield said...

Your Mum will treasure this, it is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Such a special card - something to treasure

Thanks for joining us on our "Stitching" challenge this week at SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Bea said...

Wow, your card is amazing, love all the details :o)

Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter this week


Curly said...

OMGosh this is so beautiful, fabulous colour theme and colouring,and the most amazing detail and I am sure it will be treasured,

Thank You for taking part at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: 130 Stitching,,

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Rainbow Lady said...

Just a perfect card thanks for playing Love Cynthia x

gina g said...

Gorgeous card i love the image and the beautiful detail great picture too.

Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me this week. luv gina x

Dawn said...

Leesa, your card is perfect, your Mum will be over the moon with it!
Thank you for sharing your card & your story with us at My Grafico, Anything Goes MOnthly Challenge
Dawn xx

Pankti said...

So shabby chic card. I always try to make card but my creativity never reaches to the end. I love it. Thanks for playing in "Anything Goes" with "My Grafico".


starcyl said...

This is beautiful and a card to treasure. thanks for sharing it with us at Rainbow Lady's this week.
Jenny xx

paper fun said...

How beautiful! I love your color scheme.

Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.


mckinkle said...

Gorgeous elegant card!

Look at those bejewelled twines, beautiful!

Thank You for joining us this week with our Stitched Up challenge over at Delicious Doodles!

Keryn :0

Anonymous said...

oh wow just stunning. Thank you for joining us at creative card crew this week

Christine said...

Stunning creation gorgeous colour combo great take on the chall... thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a chall.

smiles Christine xx

Stressed Stamper said...

Stunning - so sorry about things when I read yr post...and I read it all, when you are a DT member and leave comments on blogs you do not oftern read the whole blog - I did yrs and found it very touching...Hugs to you and yr mum - and a fantastic present you have made - one I am sure she will cherish - Thanks for joining us here at TPC this week - and Good Luck
Sarah x

Erum Tasneem said...

This is stunning! gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

Vicky said...

This is such a stunning card your mum will treasure it for many years. Its beautiful.
Thank you for joining us girlies over at Crafts & Me Challenges, hope you will join us again.

Hugs Vicky xx

Caro said...

The card for your Mum is stunning and such a heart felt sentiment too. My Gran's favourite saying is that God does all things for good (even if we can't see it at the time!). I hope your Mum finds comfort in your card. Thank you for joining us at Quirky Crafts.

Teri said...

Totally gorgeous card hun! Sorry to hear about your poor Mum's divorce. Hope she settles soon.
Thanks for playing at Delicious Doodles this week, and good luck!
Teri x

Spyder said...

Thank you so much for joining Quirky Craft's Challenge this time round, the voting should start late tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday so be sure to pop back and vote for your favourites, and get your blogging buddies to vote for you! Although, saying all that, inlinkz started the voting early and now has corrected that mistake, but doesn't show when the voting starts, but with any luck that will be corrected as soon as possible!!

lisbeth said...

This is a beautiful card. Love all the little details. Thanks for sharing with us at Truly Scrumptious.....

Suzie McFloozy said...

Oh what a beautiful card and a stunning sentiment x
Thanks for joining in with us at paper crafting journey this week x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Lisa Lepine said...

Absolutely Beautiful!! I love everything about it and I'm sure your mother will love it too. Thanks for joining us at Paper Crafting Journey this week. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects.
~Lisa a.k.a. ScripperScrapper

Ruthie said...

This is so great - love it!

Thanks for joining in with Aud Sentiments' celebrations!


Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful creation. Thank you so much for participating in the Sliekjes Card Challenge
with it. Good Luck in the draw too xx

Val said...

This is stunning - your mother obviously has in you somebody who cares deeply for her. I hope in time things will improve for her.

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